Maji-Tech Managment Team
Maji-Tech operates in a unique way. We are an East Africa-based company with a focus on creating local jobs and strengthening local economies. Profitability is our goal not for simple monetary gain, but rather for sustainability and for the privilege of investing into the future of the company and important charitable projects.
Maji-Tech is committed to transparent stewardship of its resources, uncommon integrity, and transformation not only for communities but also for our employees and their families. Our unique strategy to “impact people and impact the bottom line” guides us in everything we do.
Our highly-qualified management team stands on the frontlines of carrying out this important mission:
John M. Bongiorno, Chief Executive Officer
John Bongiorno, originally of Erie, PA, is a businessman and visionary leader. As president of WorldServe International, an economic development organization, he became known as a renowned bridge-builder between the realms of business and charity. John’s greatest passion is connecting high-level business leaders with economic development opportunities in poor communities. The creation and development of Maji-Tech Engineering is perhaps the best example of this. John was a founder of Maji-Tech Engineering and has been intimately involved in leadership of the company since its start in 2001. Under John’s leadership, Maji-Tech has grown from just an idea to the largest private water drilling company in Tanzania with a fleet of seven drilling crews in the region. John splits his time between overseeing Maji-Tech’s growth in Africa and connecting with investors and donors in the United States and other countries. John and his wife Sandi reside in Springfield, MO.
Lewis Kopwe, General Manager
Lewis Kopwe is currently the General Manager of Majitech. Lewis has over 6 years of hands on drilling experience in the water sector in Tanzania.After earning numerous certifications and diplomas in engineering and IT, Lewis put his education into practice by leading the team at Maji-Tech and servicing the needs of our clients. Lewis was born in Tanzania and educated overseas, but for Lewis, his wife and family Tanzania is home.
Ray Spurgin, Operations Manager
Ray Spurgin has nearly 30 years of experience in the drilling industry. He started drilling and installing pumps at an early age while working with his father, a long time oil and water driller. He became an oil well driller early in his career then focusing on water well pump installation and drilling in the early 1980s. He expanded his experience in Alaska, drilling various types of wells including pilot holes for elevator shafts and bridges, dewatering wells and sample drilling. He is also experienced at operating various types of drilling rigs including auger rigs and bucket rigs used to drill hollow stem auger; split spoon drilling and core drilling in all types of locations. These include drilling on barges, mountains, islands, tundra and even glaciers. He was a licensed water driller in Montana and owned his own business there for a number of years.. Some of his drilling and pump experience includes dewatering wells, monitor wells, irrigation and domestic wells. He has set pumps, including solar and windmill systems. He has owned and operated a water drilling company in Colorado for the past six years. He feels blessed to now be called to Africa to be part of a team committed to bringing life-giving water to those in need.
Humphrey Buretta, Sales & Communications
Humphrey Buretta brings impressive work experience, education and training to the Maji-Tech team. For more than 15 years, Humphrey has worked in the hotel and hospitality industries. Most recently he served as the lodge manager of Arumeru River Lodge and previous to that, food and beverage manager of the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. His extensive job training in Kenya, Tanzania and Switzerland includes certifications in hotel management and operations, accounts and front office, revenue control, reservations, IT and successful leadership. Starting in 2006, Humphrey served as the projects coordinator for Touch Tanzania, a registered nonprofit organization, liaising with the World Bank as well as Tanzanian Members of Parliament and cabinet ministers. Through his involvement in Sales & Communications for Maji-Tech, Humphrey’s vast hospitality industry experience is translating into professional communication with clients and partners, competent sales management and a commitment to excellent customer service.